Easy Irish Soda Bread
Submitted by;
Trish Wylie ~ Ireland


4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1  teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk  

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking 

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt 
and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a 
lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place 
on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup 
buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' 
into the top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 
into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may 
continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

Trish writes for Harlequin and is the founder of The Pink Heart Society.

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